Glow in the Dark Fruit and Veggies
Should irradiated produce be allowed into the food supply?
In the wake of last year's serious E. coli O157 outbreak from fresh-cut spinach, several newspaper editorials have called for the speedy approval of radiation to treat fresh-cut produce, arguing that more than enough is known to prove the practice as safe and effective. Some have gone so far as to blame the deaths associated with the 2006 outbreak on consumer groups who have opposed, or raised questions about irradiating fresh produce.
So should the irradiation of fresh produce be unleashed on the public?
The clear answer is "No!" Doses of radiation high enough to reliably kill all pathogens clearly damage the quality and impair the taste of fresh produce. Plus, research has shown that irradiating produce sometimes triggers the formation of possibly toxic products in irradiated produce, a new risk that needs more careful study.
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Americans are Nutrient Starved
Most people are surprised to learn that despite the abundance of nutrient-rich foods accessible to Americans, we consume inadequate levels of essential nutrients on a daily basis.
The Organic Center analyzed detailed tables from the USDA on nutrient intakes across the U.S. population and found that nutrient deficiencies grow more severe with age, and that deficiencies among women are greater than men. The opportunity to increase the nutrient density of fruits and vegetables through organic farming is one of the most important benefits following consumption of organic food.
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Pesticides Present Even Before Birth
Study shows how organic diet can cleanse body in just three days
Multiple pesticides and their breakdown products, often called metabolites, are present in every American child, from before birth throughout adulthood. But an organic diet can cleanse a child’s body of certain insecticide residues in just three days, a University of Washington study found.
The published research was carried out by two teams of scientists at the University of Washington (UW). Both focused on school age children and found that dietary exposures to organophosphate (OP) insecticides were essentially eliminated when children consumed a diet composed mostly of organic foods. A dramatic reduction in exposure occurred after just a few days eating organic foods. Exposure levels went back up to pre-study levels after just a few days back on conventional foods.
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The Organic Center Names
Interim Executive Director
Industry Leader Steven Hoffman Takes the Reins
After accomplishing his goal to build a fiscally-sound and thriving organization, The Organic Center CEO, Mark Davis, will step down to return to the private sector as an organizational consultant, effective May 15.
"During Mark’s tenure, The Organic Center has led the charge in providing scientific research showing the clear benefits of organic agriculture to our health and that of the environment," says Anthony Zolezzi, chairman of the board of The Organic Center. "We are very grateful to Mark for his many contributions and wish him continued success."
Steven Hoffman will serve as interim executive director for The Organic Center until a search for a new executive director is complete. Hoffman was part of the original task force team responsible for launching The Organic Center in 2002. He has been at the forefront of the LOHAS movement (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) since its inception and has spearheaded many of its initiatives, including co-founding two leading industry business publications and conferences, the LOHAS Journal and Natural Business.
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Got a Question?
Ask Dr. Chuck at All Things Organic
See us at our booth and get the latest scoop on science
Organic Center Chief Scientist Dr. Charles Benbrook is available along with the rest of the staff to answer questions at the nation's largest organic trade show, All Things Organic, in Chicago May 6-8. Stop by booth #719 and learn the latest on issues that include: higher levels of antioxidants in organic; better taste and storage in organic; pesticides; preventing E. coli outbreaks; cloning and more.
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New Core Truths Book Selling Fast
A compilation of research from The Organic Center
This graphically stunning 108-page coffee table book offers the science behind the health and environmental benefits of organic products. Be sure to order yours now while they last.
Includes fascinating research about why:
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Make Your Voice Heard
Join Mission Organic 2010 now. Help grow the organic market!
Even though the market for organic products has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, only three percent of the food now purchased in the U.S. is organic.
But you can change that. Join Mission Organic and pledge to buy at least one organic item for every ten purchased. With support from you and others, the amount of organic food consumed will skyrocket to 10 percent by 2010. Make your voice heard and join a growing community who is sending a message of support to organic farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. When you demand the supply, the organic marketplace will supply the demand.
Go to: www.mo2010.org.
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About The Organic Center...
Backed by the world’s leading scientists, physicians and scholars, The Organic Center is passionately committed to two goals.
1) RESEARCH: providing free, peer-reviewed, credible science that proves the health and environmental benefits of organic agriculture.
2) EDUCATION: reaching and activating millions through Mission Organic 2010a national campaign to increase the amount of organic food purchased from three to 10% by 2010.
To access free downloads of the latest in organic science or to join Mission Organic 2010, go to: www.organic-center.org.
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